President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to protect babies who survive abortions, in a bold stand for life and a rebuke of Nancy Pelosi, who blocked a bill to the same effect.
The president announced the “Born Alive” order at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, the Catholic News Agency reported.
A “moral duty”
While the details are scarce, the order is expected to echo a bill that Pelosi (D-CA) repeatedly prevented from advancing in Congress last year, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require doctors to provide life-saving care to babies who survive botched abortions.
“Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve,” Trump said in a video address to the Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, according to Catholic News Agency. “This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”
The issue of late-term abortion took on greater urgency last year after a push by Virginia Democrats to allow abortion until the moment of birth. The push came as the state’s governor, Ralph Northam, faced criticism for appearing to express support for infanticide.
But Democrats and abortion groups that now support late-term abortion in everything but name have insisted that Trump is trying to solve a made-up problem.
“It seems this administration will once again seek a solution to a nonexistent problem,” Jacqueline Ayers, a vice president at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said, according to a report from the Associated Press. “Health care providers already have an obligation to provide appropriate medical care.”
Stepping up “for life”
In his comments Wednesday, Trump also said he was “increasing federal funding for neonatal research, to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow,” the Catholic News Agency reported.
The president’s order comes as he seeks to fill the Supreme Court seat formerly held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon to abortion activists, driving fears among leftists that abortion rights could be rolled back down the line.
Critics have called the Joe Biden campaign the most radically pro-abortion ticket in presidential history, contrasting with a president who many see as a powerful advocate for the unborn and religious freedom. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Biden’s running mate, called the Born Alive bill “punitive as opposed to supportive of the desires and needs of women as it relates to their health care” when the Senate blocked the bill in February, according to Fox News.
“President Trump,” meanwhile, “once again has stepped up for life,” says Jeanne Mancini, president of the pro-life March for Life, to CBN.
Mancini added: “His actions today provide necessary legal protections for some of the most vulnerable in society: survivors of failed abortions. These steps had to be taken because some Democrats in the Senate promised to block legislation that mandates basic medical care for children who survive an abortion — an extremist view shared by vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.”